I would probably find the splitting mall more useful than the large splitting axe (which I can always purchase later). My only fear is that the maul will be too much axe for me. I am 5 foot 6 inches tall and weight 145 pounds. Also, I’m 70. But I am also in great shape from year-round cycling. And advice or observations are welcomed.
With proper handling it is not bad at all, but I do recommend wrapping the handle because of the weight and how sharp it is. I wrapped mine with bank line and it works great. I have a video on YouTube showing it. Hope me posting a link doesn’t violate the forum rules. https://youtu.be/AG7rDKNsuV4
I hope this helps. It’s VERY sharp and requires a wide stance to use safely, if you hit your shin it would go straight through.
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